After the March release of Matt Reeves The Batmansome of Oscar Novak’s friends cornered him at school with a pressing question: Was it you on the big screen?
The 12-year-old admitted that, yes, he was the one playing young Bruce Wayne in the Warner Bros. film, a confirmation which also revealed an occupation he had kept to himself. “They had no idea I was in The Batman or even an actor,” Novak said The Hollywood Reporter Monday night outside the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, host of The man from the north first. “Then I had to go through the whole process to explain to them. So, it’s a bit awkward but yeah, it’s very cool.
Novak, 12, gave a simple reason why he kept his big screen debut a secret: “I thought it would be too complicated.” Luckily for him, he says the burden wasn’t too heavy at his school in England, although he is preparing for another round.
Only one friend knows he followed The Batman by embodying the young version of the character of Alexander Skarsgård in The man from the north for director Robert Eggers. That’s because they spotted him in the trailer as young Amleth, a vicious Viking prince who spends the majority of the film seeking revenge for his father’s murder.
“I know it’s going to be very difficult, but I’ll do my best to explain it to them,” he says, adding that he was able to slip away because the premiere coincided with the Easter holiday.
As for his work on The man from the north, Novak praised Eggers for guiding his process and being a consummate professional. “He’s really a perfectionist. There were several occasions where we did over 30 takes just to get the perfect scene. But he’s really nice. He’s really nice in the way he does it,” Novak says. He can tell if someone needs a break. It’s very nice.”
The back-to-back projects have allowed Novak to find a new agent, so he may soon have more to divulge to his classmates. “There is a lot more on my plate. I have auditions left, right and center.
The man from the north hits theaters in the United States on April 22.
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) April 20, 2022